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Rokugan is a feudal society, and Status is the measure of an individual’s role and influence within that society. Those with higher Status command more resources, authority, and wealth, while those with low Status have little authority over anything, perhaps even their own lives. Status is a largely static attribute that changes infrequently. Generally speaking, the only way for a character to increase their Status is to gain appointments or promotions from someone who is higherranking in the hierarchy of their family, Clan, or the Imperial bureaucracy.
|Togashi Entame||Mirumoto Shinji||Tamori Tsuchikage||Kitsuki Toshiro|
Status may only be gained by the formal promotion of a samurai by his lord or another higher-ranking individual. This is traditionally done in recognition of glorious service, although political appointments are also a source for such things. Losing Status is less common, and is done by the same sort of individuals, but as punishment for some sort of failure, typically failure of duty.
Effects of Status: Status grants a samurai authority over other samurai of lower Status, but only if those samurai exist within the same hierarchy. Samurai must always be careful in doing so, however, and make sure they do not interrupt or countermand the orders of a different samurai with an even greater Status than their own. Countermanding a superior results in lost Honor and possibly a loss of Status as well.